The Houston City Council began discussions Monday on developing a multi-year plan to guide the community’s progress over the next several years. 

Department heads in the city were consulted earlier to seek their goals. It is expected the final document will cover a multi-year period that highlights city needs, said City Administrator Larry Sutton.

In other matters, the council learned that the community’s electrical wholesale provider, Sho-Me Power Corp., plans to exercise its option to terminate its long-term agreement with the city in 2013. A similar letter was sent to other communities Sho-Me serves, including Houston, Cabool and Willow Springs. 

The city says long-term contracts – with terms of 20 years or longer – are nearly non-existent. Houston will look at various options for electricity, including continuing its relationship with Sho-Me, Sutton said. 

In other discussions at the meeting, members:

-Heard Commissioner John Casey compliment that operation of the town’s police department. 

-Amended its contract with the city’s engineering firm, Hood-Rich of Springfield. The paperwork relates to such matters as inspections and an operation and maintenance manual for the new wastewater treatment plant. 

-Learned that applications have been received for a city bus driver’s position that will open with the retirement of Danny Carter. 

 

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